Global, national and local identities: the transformative effects of migrant literature

Maggie Ann Bowers*

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The purpose of this chapter, to consider the positive and negative effects of migration upon literature, approaches literary study from an unusual angle. It necessitates a consideration of the strong influence of migrant literature upon contemporary national literary canons, and by extension upon national languages and cultures. For this purpose the work of Salman Rushdie and his consideration of the role of migrant literature in transforming the cultural landscape of the world will be at the fore. However, unusually for literary study, it also necessitates a surveyor’s unbiased detachment rather than the more usual politically charged interpretations of the literary critic.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Migration and Security
Subtitle of host publicationOpportunities and Challenges
EditorsElspeth Guild, Joanne van Selm
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780203236581
ISBN (Print)0203236580, 9780415326544, 9780415429634
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2005


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